Work to increase the height of a bridge over the Gospel Oak to Barking railway line in north London will take place this month to create extra space for the overhead lines underneath.
The A1201 Crouch Hill Bridge will close from Monday 19 February to Monday 30 April while work takes place to lift the bridge, increase the height of the bridge walls and resurface the road. This will give extra clearance on the railway line underneath so that engineers can carry out maintenance in order to keep services running reliably.
The road bridge will close to all traffic between Trinder Road and Japan Crescent from Monday 19 February to Monday 30 April. The road bridge will re-open to traffic from Tuesday 01 May 2018, with temporary traffic lights.
A diversion route for motorists has been agreed with Haringey and Islington Councils. From Monday 19 February, signed diversions will be in place directing northbound traffic by Stapleton Hall Road and Ferme Park Road. Signed diversions will be in place directing southbound traffic by Crouch End Hill and Hanley Road. Bus services will also be affected by the diversions.
Access from the north and south to the properties located on Crouch Hill will be maintained throughout. The pavement near Crouch Hill main station entrance stays open for pedestrians. Pedestrian and cycle access is available to cross the bridge, however cyclists will need to dismount and wheel cycles across. The ramp for people with reduced mobility, motorised scooters, wheelchairs users and prams/pushchairs remains in place.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director, said: “This work is crucial in order to run a safe and reliable service on this newly electrified line and we have worked with local councils in order to create suitable alternative routes for motorists. I would like to thank everyone concerned for their patience while this essential work takes place.”
London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking line reopened on Monday 15 January following the installation of new overhead electric lines by Network Rail, which will enable new longer electric trains to run from spring 2018. The whole line will close between Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April only during the work.